Today an article by the Wall Street Journal said that sitting down for your agile development meetings is synonymous with “sloth.” Now, I’m fairly new to agile, but do practice stand-ups in my own team every day. And I would have to agree, stand-ups are much more productive and effective at getting teams to gel and get down to business.

Stand-ups are now the preferred method of meetings, embraced by 78% of scrum and agile development teams. I like the article‘s explanation on why people are favoring the stand-up (a.k.a. “daily scrum”) and WSJ’s advice on some highly debated questions around how stand-ups should be handled:

  • Table or no table?
  • How often?
  • What time of day?
  • How long should stand-ups last?
  • What to do with late-comers (sing, “I’m a Little Teapot?”)

The article comes at the same time VersionOne began releasing the results of our 2011 annual State of Agile Development Survey — the most talked about and anticipated survey on agile adoption trends.

I thought I’d share a few key data points from the 6,042 people we polled:

– Top 2 agile tools being used: (#1) Excel – 61% (#2) VersionOne – 37%
– The #1 driver of agile adoption is Accelerated Time to Market (22%)
– Kanban use increased from 18% to 24%
– Top 2 benefits realized: Ability to Manage Changing Priorities (84%) & Project Visibility (77%)
– The number of people planning a future agile implementation rose 13% to 17%

Read the article and then check out the rest of the survey results at: